Sunday, May 23, 2010

Weekend Links

The AV Club's running feature, "A Very Special Episode," discusses Mystery Science Theater 3000, which Jake Taylor, the Inspector and I used to watch back when Comedy Central was still called The Comedy Channel.

The Daily Show's coverage of the transition between governments in Great Britain - cheekily entitled "Clustershag to 10 Downing," was fantastic. Also, I would totally buy tickets to that one-man show.

Adam Gopnik searches for Jesus in the Gospels. (From The New Yorker)

A website called Shivspix has a jaw-dropping slideshow of the US women's national rowing team, replete with bulging muscles, tan line, and garden hose-like veins. These women are diesel. Sometimes I miss rowing.

Dorothy Kamenshek, on whom Geena Davis' character in A League of Their Own was loosely based, died this week at the age of 84. Amazingly, she was one of six women on the Rockford Peaches to be called "Dottie." Just as amazingly, she hit .316 and stole 109 bases(!!!) in 1946, all while wearing a skirt. Her NY Times obituary can be found here.

The Yale Women's Crew was featured on a local news broadcast on News 8 in New Haven this week. Will Porter hasn't aged a day since I met him 12 years ago. Yale, winners of the 2007 and 2008 national championships, is currently ranked #1 in the New England region, and race in the finals this afternoon.

The London 2012 Summer Olympics have unveiled the worst mascots of all-time.

Ellen from Wormbook reached into the way-back machine and found this 2005 review of concerts by The National and Clap Your Hands Say Yeah! in the NY Times archives.

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